The Great Race

The Great Race

Director: Blake Edwards Cast: Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
, Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
, Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
Blake Edwards
The Great Race

The Great Race

Director: Blake Edwards Cast: Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
, Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
, Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
Blake Edwards


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Tony Curtis stars as The Great Leslie, a hero among heroes whose purity of heart is manifested by his spotlessly white wardrobe. Leslie's great rival, played by Jack Lemmon, is Professor Fate, a scowling, mustachioed, top-hatted, black-garbed villain. Long envious of Leslie's record-setting accomplishments with airships and sea craft, Professor Fate schemes to win a 22,000-mile auto race from New York City to Paris by whatever insidious means possible. The problem is that Fate is his own worst enemy: each of his plans to remove Leslie from the running (and from the face of the earth) backfires. Leslie's own cross to bear is suffragette Maggie Dubois (Natalie Wood), who also hopes to win the contest and thus strike a blow for feminism. The race takes all three contestants to the Wild West, the frozen wastes of Alaska, and, in the longest sequence, the mythical European kingdom of Carpania. This last-named country is the setting for a wild Prisoner of Zenda spoof involving Professor Fate and his look-alike, the foppish Carpanian king. When Leslie and Fate approach the finish line at the Eiffel Tower, Leslie deliberately loses to prove his love for Maggie. Professor Fate cannot stand winning under these circumstances, thus he demands that he and Leslie race back to New York. The supporting cast includes Peter Falk as Fate's long-suffering flunkey Max, Keenan Wynn as Leslie's faithful general factotum, Dorothy Provine as a brassy saloon singer, Larry Storch as ill-tempered bandit Texas Jack, and Ross Martin as Baron Von Stuppe. The film also yielded a hit song, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's "The Sweetheart Tree." The Great Race was dedicated to "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy."

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2014
UPC: 0888574077624
Original Release: 1965
Source: Warner Archives
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:40:00
Sales rank: 14,335

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Prof. Fate
Tony Curtis The Great Leslie
Natalie Wood Maggie DuBois
Peter Falk Max
Keenan Wynn Hezekiah
Arthur O'Connell Henry Goodbody
Vivian Vance Hester Goodbody
Dorothy Provine Lily Olay
Larry Storch Texas Jack
Ross Martin Baron Rolfe Von Stuppe
George Macready Gen. Kuhster
Marvin Kaplan Frisbee
Denver Pyle Sheriff
William Bryant Soldier
Ken Wales Soldier
Richard Alexander Extra
Greg Benedict Actor
Paul Bryar Policeman
Blake Edwards Actor
Charles Fredericks M.C.
Chuck Hayward Soldier
Clegg Hoyt Man
Frank Kreig Starter
Francis McDonald Russian
J. Edward McKinley Chairman
Joyce Nizzari Women in Western Scene
Joe Palma Conductor
Hal Riddle Baker
Johnny Silver Actor
Paul Smith Employee
John Truax Prison Guard
Art Stewart Man
Robert S. Carson Vice Chairman
Chester Hayes Man in Bear Suit
Hal Smith Lord Mayor

Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director
Fernando Carrere Production Designer
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Martin Jurow Producer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Hermes Pan Choreography
Arthur A. Ross Screenwriter
Ralph Winters Editor

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